One of the questions I frequently get is: can you combine a full time job with a voice over career?The answer is, absolutely! In fact, you’ll need some source of additional income until your career becomes sufficiently mature for you to support yourself from your voice-over revenue alone.
Here’s how to juggle the “early years” without putting a strain on your bank account. When you decide to get serious about voice over, the first thing you’ll need is some training and then, of course, a professionally produced voice over demo.
Give yourself a good six months to prepare to launch your voice over career.
Allocate a budget for training and development and put aside the funds. Then go out and find the best training you can. Our intensive weekend Bootcamps and new Voice Over Step By Step Home Study Program and Perfect Performance training make it easy and cost effective for busy people with full time jobs to get the professional training they need. You can’t go it alone. All successful athletes and actors have coaches and top voice over artists do too. The first step is to call our office at 800-333-8108 x230 and speak with our talent advisor about how to get started.
After you’ve gotten your voice over training and made your demo, it’s time to begin marketing yourself. Just pull out your notes from my Voice Over Bootcamp and start following the easy-to-follow blueprint I give you.
Even if you work full time, you should be able to easily grab a daily 20 minute block of time from a lunch hour or break. You’ll be calling production companies, recording studios, agents and casting directors to follow up on those demos you’ve sent. You can also use this time to research prospects on the internet. I can almost guarantee that if you consistently spend 20 minutes each day on marketing yourself, you’ll make significant and rapid strides in your career.
Soon, the voice over auditions will start coming.
On-line casting services can send as many as 3, 4 or more auditions per day. In my Bootcamp, you’ll learn how to set up a surprisingly cost effective home studio that you can use to record these auditions in a quiet corner of your home. Since the auditions are on line, you can do them when you get home. Celebrity voice actor Rodney Saulsberry (voice of Toyota and Twix) told me recently that he carries an inexpensive laptop and USB microphone in the trunk of his car so he can audition even if he’s stuck in traffic. He just pulls over at the next exit, rolls up the windows and records. With an aircard you can access the internet an upload files from anywhere.
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Susan Berkley is a top voice over artist and founder of The Great Voice Company, a company devoted to teaching great voices around the world how to become successful voice over actors. The Great Voice Company is an international leader in voice over training and in providing top quality voice over recordings in all languages to discerning businesses and marketers. For additional information visit www.greatvoice.com.
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